China: Philippines should surrender sovereignty over Scarborough Shoal
May 13, 2012 § 1 Comment
Philippine Foreign Affairs secretary Alberto del Rosario denies that China and the Philippines are not in speaking terms. Yes, both camps want to resolve the issue over at Scarborough shoal. The Philippines insists of international arbitration through the ITLOS, which implements the UNCLOS. The only question is, China remains adamant in its official stand—surrender Scarborough shoal to them.
There is no denying that both sides are talking but are they communicating properly. It seems that both have differing views on how to resolve the issue. In a Manila Times news article today, China’s Hong Lei, a high ranking official of the Foreign Ministry, insists that for the issue to be resolved, the Philippines should recognize China’s claims over the shoal and forget that these are just 230 nautical miles off Masinloc Zambales, making it a part of Philippine patrimony.
Despite claims that it is not arming nor preparing for war, China says that its Guanzhou Military district and its South China sea naval fleet were made to undergo level 2 war preparedness, something which contradicts public statements. While the Philippines remains open even to compromise its official stance.
More than twenty Chinese ships are now at Scarborough shoal, while only two ships were dispatched by the Philippines there. Sources say, Chinese fishermen have been actively divesting the place of rare corals and exotic fishes under the watchful eye of the Chinese authorities and under the weary eyes of the Philippine Coast Guard.
China insists that Philippine ships leave the place first, something which the Philippines is wont to do. Both sides are hardening their individual stances, probably knowing full well that one has a weakness.
China probably thinks that the United States will not act in defense of the Philippines. China intends to dump its US dollars and has prompted their Central Bank to do so to afflict much damage to the US currency, now under intense international pressure.